July 1 was extra special this year


July 1 is Canada Day, ironically I am writing this on July 4 which is USA’s national day.

Allow me to say that over the years of travels to the United States, and interactions with some fellow bloggers in the USA, my fondness for their nation keeps improving.  I know that my family tree is on both sides of the Canada/USA border as two brothers immigrated to New York in the early 1900’s, one brother stayed in the US, and the other went to and stayed in Canada. As a result, it seems natural that I like the USA, but my heart is Canadian as this is my home that I love and am proud of.

This Canada Day was especially memorable as my yard is flourishing with flowers, and we added a Canadian flag to hang from our front deck at our home. It looked grand!

Later in the day, we took it to the beach and my wife, son and I took turns posing with the flag with Skaha lake in the background. We have never done that before and we enjoyed it.

My home city, Penticton, I am informed, is one of only two cities in the world that is located between two different lakes.  Canada Day here is celebrated with much public fanfare.  In a park downtown there is bandshell and all day long the bandshell hosts different types of music and entertainment from belly dancing to scottish highland dancing. Of course there are food trucks everywhere and after the grand opening there is free cake!

During the opening ceremony, we citizens stand and sing O Canada, and recognize the indigenous people and their culture.  At night the boats and beaches are full as the light is lit up with fireworks, as I know it will be tonight all over in the USA.

Many years we enjoy aerial displays from the Snowbirds but not every year.  They put on a dazzling show that is always exhilarating to watch. Click here to see what I mean.

In Ottawa, the national capital for Canada, there is a huge party on July 1 – click here to hear The Nylons sing O Canada

Every country has it’s national day, and hopefully you will enjoy yours especially this year, as I did mine.

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Nice day to sit on lakeshore bench

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About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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10 Responses to July 1 was extra special this year

  1. Dina says:

    Lovely post and I’m with you all the way O’🇨🇦❣️ Great that you had such a perfect frame for a wonderful day to remeber. (We Norwegians 🇳🇴 are not bad at all at feeling proud, happy and grateful, celebrating and waving our flags on the 17th of May…)


    • dfolstad58 says:

      The good people of Norway 🇳🇴 have a wonderful country to be proud of I agree. My grandparents were raised in small Norwegian farming communities in our prairies. My grandmother made me lefse which I loved with brown sugar.


  2. leggypeggy says:

    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsGreat post and Happy Canada Day a little late.

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  3. Jennie says:

    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsNice post! Our son used to think that “Oh, Canada” naturally followed “”The Star Spangled Banner.” Plenty of hockey games! We are great neighbors. 🙂

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  4. https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsI’m so glad you had such a beautiful day! I’m not ready to talk about the nightmare that was my personal national holiday, so it did my spirit a lot of good to read this and see these great pictures!

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